Day: November 2, 2020

Construction Completed at Philadelphia’s Top-rated Boutique Hotel

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On behalf of Ownership, Agent PHL powered by Compass is thrilled to announce the completion of The Dwight D II, now open in the most desirable submarket of Philadelphia Pennsylvania – Rittenhouse Square. The boutique historic property has been painstakingly restored to feature three (3) spacious suites, rear gardens, a showcase demonstration kitchen and several multipurpose spaces. Outfitted with luxury finishes, fixtures and features throughout, Dwight D II is an ideal destination for short and long term stays in Philly’s most esteemed location. The Property is located right next door to the original award-winning Dwight D Hotel, which provides an additional nine (9) suites.

This stately 9400+ SF urban compound is currently for sale privately with Agent PHL. The offering presents a rare opportunity for a culinary and private events destination (indoor and outdoor) coupled with on-site lodging (short and long term stays available) in the heart of downtown Philadelphia – walkable to all of the most prime amenities and attractions in town. The Central Business District, Rittenhouse Square, City Hall and The Avenue of the Arts all converge at 256-8 South 16th Street, making The Property a go-to landmark destination for travelers or staycationers.

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About The Dwight D

As far as boutique hotels go in Philadelphia, there are no finer, more convenient accommodations in Philadelphia than those at The Dwight D Hotel and the newly completed Dwight D II – blending modern design with the highest standards of historic preservation. Located between Locust and Spruce Streets along South 16th, the location is unparalleled.

About Agent PHL

Agent PHL is Philadelphia’s premier hybrid real estate sales agent, specializing in commercial and residential listings with a refined focus on new construction, multifamily investments and development. Powered by cutting-edge Compass tools and technology, Agent PHL is deeply rooted in Philadelphia’s communities with industry-leading resources and connections in the city’s top locations and particularly in its emerging submarkets. The pairing of contemporary marketing and old school brokering enable Agent PHL to continuously provide Class-A results for its clientele. The firm have achieved distinct recognition within the real estate marketplace and brokerage community in Philadelphia for conducting some of the most notable Qualified Opportunity Zone development transactions in recent years, along with top-producing achievements in both boutique multifamily and residential sales.

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Homeless evade weekend eviction at Bloomington hotel, but call for long-term solution

The threatened eviction of about 50 homeless people from a Bloomington hotel sparked a rally Sunday in which housing advocates called on elected leaders to “commit not to evict.”

It worked. The guests were allowed to remain at the hotel, though it was unclear how long they will be able to continue to shelter there.

“Yes, we are celebrating a little bit of a victory today,” said Naukeya White, who stays at the hotel, Extended Stay America. “Now we are going from the streets … to parks and encampments to hotel rooms and we’ve been shuffled around like cattle. This is something that is unacceptable.”

White, who has been homeless for three years, echoed others in a parking lot outside the hotel Sunday who demanded that Gov. Tim Walz, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and other officials find a housing solution, especially with winter looming.

“You have the power to change this pandemic of homelessness,” she said.

Hennepin County officials announced at the beginning of October that they were looking to purchase Extended Stay for $13.3 million to covert it into 100 units of protective housing for people experiencing homelessness at high risk of COVID-19.

Last week, however, they pulled back on the decision, citing timing constraints with federal CARES Act funding, which has a deadline of Dec. 1. Commissioner Jan Callison said in a statement that the money could be “more impactful if used in other ways to protect and support residents during the pandemic.”

In a statement Sunday, Extended Stay officials said: “There are no actions currently planned for our Extended Stay America Bloomington guests, and no evictions are taking place today. We will continue to work with involved parties to resolve the issue.”

Heather Worthington, interim Bloomington community development director, said late Friday that city staffers were told by hotel managers that they “planned to remove” the homeless on Sunday.

A lawyer representing some of the homeless at the hotel asked city officials not to assist in the eviction process because they had tenant protections, Worthington said, and “instead requested that the city refer hotel management to civil district court for required proceedings.”

Worthington said that Bloomington officials were told by hotel managers that there were no plans for evictions and that staffers would reevaluate plans Monday.

The extension was a brief reprieve for dozens of homeless people who have been staying at the hotel.

Brian Wallace, 50, said that sleeping in a bed was better than on mats. He was staying at the Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel before tenants were evicted in June, then moved to tents in Powderhorn and Logan parks in Minneapolis. He’s been at Extended Stay for almost two weeks.

“For as long as it lasted, it’s a good thing, but I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “Out of all the things I’ve been in, this is another task, another obstacle I got to get over. I don’t know what’s ahead but I gotta have faith.”

White said the homeless

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This hotel chain is letting you take advantage of your freedom to work anywhere


So, let’s say you’re one of the millions of people who suddenly and unexpectedly became a full-time remote worker earlier this year. 

Let’s say you’re also one of the millions of people who is pondering a move to a new city — somewhere cheaper, less crowded, with more space — but not sure how to go about it. 

A creative solution from Marriott

Bonvoy is giving people the opportunity to take advantage of their newfound freedom to work anywhere, and it’s the perfect way to go check out a new place without even taking any paid time off. 

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Marriott Bonvoy’s Work Anywhere program offers remote workers a few different options to use their hotels as offices and/or home bases to experience a new place. The program’s “Stay Pass” offers early check-ins and late checkouts and is designed to combine the best parts of a hotel stay with the ideal conditions to be productive and get work done in new surroundings, including:

  • Fast and reliable Wi-Fi and technology
  • Clean and disinfected places to work
  • Ample desk space with a comfortable chair and plenty of nearby electrical outlets
  • Modern space with a view and natural light
  • Peace and quiet with no distractions
  • A $10 food and beverage credit 
  • Access to hotel perks like the gym and pool

Available at nearly 2,000 hotels world-wide, the “Stay Pass” can be used to work remotely in a new city you’re curious about, or you can book a staycation in your own city to get out of your home office (read: dining room table) and away from the many distractions so many of us are dealing with working from home. 

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MLB Hopes To Revamp Minor League Travel Rules, Alter Start Times

In addition to receiving proposed updated facility standards, MiLB teams have received from Major League Baseball proposed revisions to travel and scheduling. As expected, those revisions would improve the quality of life for players and coaches while likely increasing costs for MiLB teams.

Most significantly, MiLB teams would be required to provide two buses for every road trip (up from one under previous rules). For any trip of 250 or more miles, one of the two buses must be a sleeper bus. That change would likely double the transportation costs for MiLB teams, but it will also provide a significantly superior travel experience for teams.

Another provision would likely cause some teams’ travel costs to climb significantly.

In MLB’s proposal, any trip farther than 350 miles would require that the team either travel by air or use a bus on an off day.  Any trip of 550 miles or more must be by air and any Triple-A trip of 350 miles or more must also be a flight. There is an exception allowed for Triple-A teams to bus for trips of 350-550 miles if the MLB team agrees, there are no direct flights between the cities and the travel occurs on or before an off day.

If adopted, the 350-mile limit could significantly increase costs for some MiLB teams.

Generally, a two-bus trip costs around $2,000-$2,500 a day. The same trip by air would likely run about $10,000, plus the additional costs of the bus for the trip to and from the airport to the team hotel and stadium.

In the Northwest League, the Spokane Indians are more than 350 miles from all but two other teams in the league and the Boise Hawks are more than 350 miles from all but one of the other teams in the league.

In the Midwest League, the Bowling Green Hot Rods are more than 350 miles from all but Dayton and Fort Wayne.

But the league that will likely be most affected is the Texas League. Midland and Amarillo are more than 350 miles from every other opponent except each other. For Corpus Christi, every single road trip is further than 350 miles.

MLB has also proposed that any trip of 50 or more miles would require a hotel stay. Under previous rules, trips of 100 miles or less could be a commuter trip where the team bussed to the game and then returned home each night.

Among the proposal’s other notable provisions, MLB would retain the right to set the number of games in a season (previously the set number of 140 games was part of the Professional Baseball Agreement). There has been plenty of speculation that Class A may play a reduced schedule of games, with some involved parties believing that their seasons could be cut from 140 games to as few as 120.

For some clubs in cold weather, losing early April dates would likely have very little financial impact. MLB teams would also likely prefer to keep their

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Sean Connery and The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh Share a Slice of History

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Reading about the recent death of Sean Connery, the Scottish actor who helped launch his ‘James Bond 007 MI6 secret agent’ character to such worldwide popularity, I’m reminded of a sudden surprise that awaited me at The Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh.

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I and my companion had just entered our fourth-floor room, designated ‘Deluxe Castle View,’ in this grande dame of city hotels when I noticed a peculiar black and white photograph that adorned most of the bathroom’s back wall.

It depicted a handsome Connery, clothed only in a pair of tight swimming shorts, delicately holding the legs of a pretty lady in a white bikini whom he is helping perform a handstand on a beach. The lady turned out to be none other than Swiss actress, Ursula Andress, and the photo was taken during the filming of the 1962 Bond movie, ‘Dr. No.’

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So why was it there, so eye-catchingly in our bathroom?

Well, when this historic, century-old hotel re-opened after a major renovation almost 30 years ago, Connery, being a native of Edinburgh, agreed to be host of the much-publicised, all-star, ribbon-cutting ceremony.

All these years later, The Balmoral, a member of the Rocco Forte Hotels group, still retains its distinction in the annals of hospitality in Scotland and beyond, attracting guests from far and wide.

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Established in 1902 as a railway hotel, the Edinburgh-to-Waverley station being located right beside it, this five-floor 167-room, 20-suite hotel is a prominent landmark of the architectural cityscape, plum on the capital city’s busy downtown Princes Street. Its iconic Clock Tour is known to many and the hotel prides itself on its singularly prestigious address – No. 1.

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Having undergone more recent renovations since the Connery event, including work just three years ago, The Balmoral offers a classic Old World ambiance, a Victorian take on Renaissance architecture including a sweeping staircase with stain-glass windows (popular for wedding photos), classical columns and royal icing plasterwork, with a modern twist reflected in designer Olga Polizzi’s contemporary interiors.

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Aside from being spacious with all the mod cons one could ever require, our room also presented us with a picturesque window view up Castle Rock, formed by an erupting volcano, atop which perched the indomitable, millennium-old Edinburgh Castle. Gazing at its austere facade was a thrill, like observing centuries of history from a distance. A marble and ceramic bathroom with Rocco Forte Hotels’ own brand of natural toiletries from the Irene Forte Skincare line added to our overall sense of well-being.

Breakfast and dinner are served in Brasserie Prince, with its gleaming mirrored and brass accents, stained oak-paneled walls, buttery soft leather banquettes and broad windows gazing out on to the hubbub of Princes Street.

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The morning ritual is not to be hurried. Table service is friendly and attentive without being annoyingly fussy, and there is a generous range of choice, including what is termed health ‘booster shots’ such as a combination of

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Aparium Hotel Group Debuts Surety Hotel

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Aparium Hotel Group has announced that Surety Hotel is set to open in the downtown district of Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday, November 11th. The 137-key concept will occupy a transformed Beaux-Arts structure that was the state’s tallest building upon completion in 1913. Locally based Slingshot Architecture is partnering with DLR Group on the project, which will refresh the classical opulence of the original design. “In honoring the architecture while also making what is new feel appropriate to the old, we have brought the space back to life and returned it to its former glory,” says Slingshot principal David Voss.

To pay homage to the city’s banking history, Surety Hotel’s interiors will showcase marble, hand-applied artisan plaster, hardwood millwork, rich leather, and metals reminiscent of coins. The bank space, including its original vault doors, has being preserved on the main level. The large open lobby will serve as the hotel’s living room beneath vaulted coffered ceilings and ground-glass skylights, while Mulberry Street Tavern will serve as the property’s main F&B venue. With worldly takes on the traditional tavern aesthetic, the concept will be anchored by an open kitchen and zinc bar that complements its vibrant ambiance. Rich wood, red leather booths, and a warm lighting design will evoke coziness and comfort, while hand-finished wood and a glass back bar provide additional focal points. An alfresco setting is also set to open in 2021.

Large windows will flood guestrooms with abundant natural light to capture the Old World refinement of maple floors, green and burgundy leather furnishings, heathered tweeds, and accents of copper, zinc, and black. Applied by hand, suede plaster walls in a cognac brown tone will evoke simple sophistication, while bathrooms lined with marble hexagon floor tiles will echo the original design of the building.

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Grant’s Getaways: Visiting Wildwood Recreation Area

You’ll want to bring your camera to capture the steady stream of color along the Salmon River that flows through the BLM’s Wildwood Recreation Area near Welches.

PORTLAND, Ore — Just in time for the weekend that finds most of us preparing to Fall Back – Grant’s Getaway offers an adventure at a place to enjoy hiking trails framed by crimson-colored fall leaves, plus a riverway chock full of fall spawning salmon, and it’s all within easy reach of Portland.

You’ll want to bring your camera to capture the steady stream of color along the Salmon River that flows through the BLM’s Wildwood Recreation Area near Welches, Oregon.

It’s a sprawling site that may find you wondering: “How is it I’ve never heard of this place before?”

After all, the Salmon River is born from glaciers atop Mount Hood and it is Oregon’s last undammed river that flows unhindered from the mountains to the sea.

The Salmon River cuts a beeline through more than 500 acres of designated public recreation land at Wildwood.

Adam Milnor said that most people are in a big hurry to reach Mount Hood or Central Oregon and overlook Wildwood.

“Mt Hood beckons to everyone who lives in the Portland area and that’s understandable,” said Milnor. “It’s a popular summertime draw, but not so much this time of year. A great place for families to introduce their children to the outdoors with a rushing river, salmon and fantastic trees in a beautiful forest.”

The trails that wind through Wildwood are marvelous opportunities to explore the parkland.

The Wildwood Wetlands Trail is a one-mile loop of gravel and paved foot-paths plus more than 1,000 feet of elevated boardwalk that gives you access to the heart of a vast wetland area where many different wildlife species live.

Observation decks extend into the wetland at several locations and allow closer inspection.

The habitat is wild and natural so don’t be surprised while hiking the boardwalk if you see blue herons, mallards, teals, turtles or any number of small songbirds.

Pay special attention to the many interpretive signs that describe the wetland habitat and the critters that live here.

“A wetland eco-system is something you have to really see up close to get really fascinated with it,” noted Milnor. “Building this structure really allows you to get up close and personal to it in a way that you wouldn’t otherwise.”

There are more than 1,000 feet to the boardwalk on the Wildwood Wetlands Trail that was built four feet off the ground to keep hiker’s feet dry and limit access onto the sensitive wetlands.

Beginning in mid-October, the boardwalk area explodes to life with a colorful show of brilliant reds, oranges and yellows from vine maple, big leaf maple trees and alder trees.

The Cascade Streamwatch Trail is a barrier-free and paved, three-quarter-mile trail adjacent to the Wild and Scenic Salmon River. Interpretive displays describe points of interest.

The most remarkable highlight of this trail is

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‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ Star Deena Cortese Reveals She’s Having a Baby Boy

It’s a boy for Deena Cortese! The pregnant Jersey Shore Family Vacation star recently revealed that she and husband Christopher Buckner will soon be welcoming a baby boy. The reality TV personality announced on Oct. 25 that she was expecting her second child in May 2021.

Deena Cortese had a Halloween-themed gender reveal  

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Christopher Buckner and Deena Cortese attend the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards | Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Cortese, 33, went with a slightly spooky gender reveal for baby no. 2. On Instagram, she shared a few photos of herself, her husband, and their son CJ in their Coco-themed Halloween costumes. The trio poses with a cake reading “Boo-y or ghoul.” A second shot shows the cake’s blue interior, revealing that the couple is expecting another boy. 

“Looks like CJ is getting a little Brother !!! #boymom,” Cortese captioned the post. 

The ‘Jersey Shore’ star says her son will be ‘the best big brother ever’ 

Cortese’s gender reveal followed her Halloween-themed pregnancy reveal a week earlier. In the social media post, she shared that she was expecting a baby due May 1, 2021. 

“Our hearts are filled with so much love and joy! CJ is going to be the best big brother ever!!!,” she wrote. She also acknowledged that some people had already guessed the big news, writing “sooo for everyone that was asking YES YES YES ..I’m pregnant.” 

“Anotha 1 ! Love you so much babe. To the best mama bear ever!” Cortese’s husband commented on Instagram. The couple’s first child was born in January 2019. 

Cortese’s ‘Jersey Shore’ co-stars couldn’t be more excited for her 

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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, and Deena Nicole Cortese of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

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The news that Cortese is expecting didn’t come as a huge surprise to her co-stars. She was pregnant during filming for the upcoming season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, which premieres in November. In a teaser for the new episodes, Cortese reveals she’s having a baby by unfurling a bright yellow beach towel emblazoned with the words, “I’m pregnant!,” much to the delight of her friends. 

“Another meatball is in the building,” says Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.

After Cortese’s gender reveal, members of the Jersey Shore cast reacted on social media. 

“Sooo exciting , congrats mawma,” wrote Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.  

“Best news,” commented Jenni “JWoww” Farley, while The Situation and his wife Lauren Sorrentino also offered their congratulations. 

Cortese says she was ‘born to be a mom’

Cortese and Buckner met in 2011. He proposed on a vacation to Mexico in 2016, and the pair said “I do” the next year. Soon after, they started their family. 

“I just love being a mom,” Cortese told TV Insider in 2019 after the birth of her first child. “I feel like I was born to be a

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Salt Life Founder Charged in Death of 18-Year-Old Woman

Michael Troy Hutto

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Michael Troy Hutto

A 54-year-old founder of the popular Salt Life clothing and gear company is charged with the shooting death of 18-year-old Lora Grace Duncan, whose body was found by police in a hotel room on Singer Island in Florida after her parents called for a wellness check according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

What the young woman was doing with the much older man is yet to be disclosed, but the Columbia County Sheriff’s office said that she willingly left that county in Central North Florida, where she lived in Lake City, to go with Michael Troy Hutto. The pair ended up in Palm Beach County on the Southern East Coast of Florida.

On October 26 Duncan’s parents reached out to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for help with a wellness check, and she was tracked to Riveria Beach in Palm Beach County in an area called Singer Island.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, they enlisted the help of Riviera Beach Police who found Duncan dead of a gunshot wound in a Hilton Hotel on Singer Island. By the time they found her it was October 29, WCJB reported.

Duncan’s Body was Found Alone In a Hotel Room But Law Enforcement Arrested Hutto at a Hospital After He Received Emergency Medical Attention

According to the Riviera Police Department, “After identifying Hutto as the suspect, he was located in Jacksonville, Florida. Hutto, found to be suffering a medical emergency, was transported to a local hospital.”

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Hutto at South Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville on October 30 where he was escorted to a patrol car still in hospital-issued socks with no shoes. He is being held in the Duval County jail charged with manslaughter and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a Duval County arrest inquiry.

Court records show Hutto has a history of driving infractions but his criminal record does not show a violent past.

However, in 2014 he was arrested for a DUI while his then 12 and 13-year-old daughters were in the car, along with two of their friends, according to court records. In 2015, after he’d sold his share of Salt Life, he was arrested for shoplifting when, according to an arrest affidavit, he put on a shirt and a pair of shorts over the ones he was already wearing and tried to walk out of a store.

In Light of Hutto’s Arrest, the Current Owners of Salt Life Posted a Statement on Facebook Distancing Themselves From Hutto.

Hutto and three friends founded the Salt Life brand in 2003, but sold the company in 2013 for nearly

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Madison Beach Hotel gets air purification for safe indoor dining

REME HALO air purifiers are located within the ducts of the restaurant’s HVAC system and silently kill 99% of bacteria, mold, and viruses. With ionized hydro-peroxide output and an enhanced catalyst with zinc, the system purifies every cubic inch of air that HVAC system reaches.

Invented to recreate nature’s process of purifying the air, the REME HALO air purifier simulates bringing fresh outdoor air inside without open windows. It is effective against all three categories of indoor air pollutants: particulates, microbial and gases.

In addition to the new air purifiers, Madison Beach Hotel is employing vigorous COVID-19 sanitation protocols to ensure the safety of guests and staff.

The hotel has fully implemented Hilton’s CleanStay program, developed in partnership with RB, maker of trusted home and industrial cleaning brands Lysol and Dettol with over 200 years of cutting-edge science and research in human health products.

The program includes focus on extra sanitization of 10 high-touch areas in guestrooms, elimination of multi-use products in-room, sealed and sanitized items for guest use (remote, coffee products, hairdryer), and increased frequency of cleaning all public space areas, including elevators and lobby.

An electrostatic sprayer is used in public spaces and guest rooms. The sprayer works by charging liquid chemicals as they pass through a sprayer nozzle. This generates charged droplets that repel against one another and stick to surfaces for effective disinfection.

Valet parking is now optional and self-parking of vehicles is welcome.

Madison Beach Hotel offer touchless check-in and guestroom access via the Hilton Honors app with advance check-in. Glass partitions are in place at Check-in and there are signage reminders to social distance throughout the property. Guest access has been streamlined in single way entry and exit points. Capacities are limited in elevators and public restrooms.

Masks are mandated for all staff and patrons, due to state regulations, and Hilton mandates for all U.S. properties to ensure consistent safety. The hotel is providing masks for guests that arrive without facial coverings.

Madison Beach Hotel is located at 94 West Wharf Road, Madison, Connecticut. For more information and to check availability for your upcoming event, please call our sales office 203-361-9345 or visit Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. For more information on Curio Collection by Hilton, please visit

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About Madison Beach Hotel

Madison Beach Hotel is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning boutique resort and was chosen as Hotel of the Year by Hilton, the highest hotel award across all Hilton brands. The hotel, with 32 rooms offering luxurious accommodations with sweeping ocean views, private balconies, and beach, is part of Curio – A Collection by Hilton. Opened in May 2012, Madison Beach Hotel features The Wharf Restaurant with both dining room and porch seating, concierge spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and private yoga studio, and more than 5,000 square feet of private event space. Madison Beach Hotel is managed by Distinctive Hospitality Group.

Located at 94 West Wharf Road, Madison, Connecticut. For more information, please call: 203-245-1404 or visit:

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